Tips and Activity Ideas to help you teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students how to summarize fiction and nonfiction / informational texts

Teaching Summarizing So Students Actually Understand

Teaching summarizing seems like it should be easy. When students summarize, they don’t have to come up with any of their own ideas – all they have to do is briefly tell the most important parts of a book or reading passage that they read. Sounds pretty easy…but it’s not. Teachers have all sorts of cute and colorful ideas to …

Use an online word cloud creator like Wordle to provide a visual aid to your main idea lessons.

Using Wordle to Teach Main Idea

I really struggled when I first began to teach main idea. It seemed like curriculums only provided one way to teach it – read a short paragraph and determine the main idea of the paragraph. But there are other ways to teach main idea. The video below shows how you can use technology to help teach main idea and provide …

A free main idea slideshow to use with your 3rd and 4th grade students to help review main idea and details

Practice Main Idea With This Free Slideshow

Main idea slideshow from kbaker4 Using This Slideshow for Main Idea ReviewThe slideshow above is a great way to review different main idea and details skills with your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. You might like of these other main idea tips, ideas, and freebies. This slideshow covers main idea in a variety of ways: Having students think about …

Make teaching main idea more exciting with these main idea games/centers for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Main Idea Centers for Upper Elementary

I don’t know very many teachers who actually LIKE teaching main idea. It’s such a difficult, abstract, and BORING concept to teach. It seems like either kids get it or they don’t – and more often than not they don’t. Because students are usually confused when finding the main idea and supporting details of a passage, it can be difficult …

Help your upper elementary students (third, fourth, and fifth grade) better understand how to find the main idea of a passage

Teaching Main Idea So Students Actually Understand

Teaching main idea and supporting details to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students was always a frustrating experience because it is such a confusing and difficult skill. Nothing I taught seemed to have an effect on my students – either they understood it without my help or they didn’t understand no matter what I did or said. The curriculum my …